OzCHI24 Paper Writing Guide 2017

This year we’re once again using an academic format. This has many benefits such as:

  • Gives you experience writing in academic style that will be assessed in a peer-review structure
  • Standardising referencing, which makes it easier for your reviewers to follow your justifications for your solution, and thus understand your submission
  • Standardising the format, which helps us compare and review all the submissions
  • Allows you to include images, tables, and images in your paper to help strengthen your arguments
  • Simplifies turning the top team entries into a publication format

As per the challenge brief, you will be using the 2017 SIGCHI Extended Abstract format. Since this is a brand new template, we do not have any examples on hand with the 2017 formatting. Here are some sample papers in the Extended Abstract style using the previous template.

Use references! References provide grounding to the real world and show that your solution isn’t just based on assumptions. For example, you could use the paper by Light et al. found on the challenge brief page to support discussion of design goals. Whenever you use someone else’s work, you should include a reference.

It is a good idea to start working on your paper early. Don’t leave it to the last hour! Start early, and fill in content as you go along using the structure below.

How to structure your paper

The structure of your paper might look something like this:


Make sure your title is not too generic, for example don’t make it simply “Designing for sharing with others”. If your solution is a specific application with a name, it’s a good idea to include the name in the title and then specify what it does.


Write a short abstract (up to 150 words) that summarises the design problem, your design process, your solution and the rationale for your design concept.

The Problem

Briefly introduce the challenge problem, including any additional background research you might have done and the specific situation of use that you are addressing.


Outline your method/approach to the challenge. Try to have at least one reference justifying the approach you took. Remember that you must not gather primary data as part of your methods.


Show us your solution, demonstrate or tell us why it will be effective, how people will use it, etc. You should focus on showing us what happened through both pictures and discussion.


Summarise the key points from the paper. You may suggest some possible future work that could build on your design concept.


List your references using the ACM SIGCHI Referencing style. Examples of this referencing style can be found on the Paper Template. Remember to include both your blog’s and your submitted video’s URLs as references.


It’s a good idea to look at examples of how other papers are written. In particular we recommend you to take a look at some of the OzCHI Student Design Challenge papers from previous years.

Additional Information

OzCHI Student Design Challenge submissions will undergo a single blind jurying/review process. Therefore, you should include full author information and contact details in your initial submission.

Don’t worry about filling in the CCS CONCEPTS and KEYWORDS sections. Keep the heading and sample text from the initial template, and we will help the finalist teams to choose CCS concepts, keywords, and suggested reference for their submissions.

Don’t worry about changing the document header, just keep this sample text from the template:

Magnetic Normal Modes of Bi-Component Permalloy Structures) WOODSTOCK’97, July 2016, El Paso, Texas USA